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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Open doors mean open books for new retailer


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bill Burruss and Cate Nelson opened Know Knew Books at 366 State St. Oct. 20.

If Bill Burruss and Cate Nelson seem to be displaying some wide grins these days, there’s a good reason behind it.

Burrus and Nelson, owners of former longtime Palo Alto fixture Know Knew Books, opened the doors to their new home at 366 State St. Oct. 20. The move to Los Altos comes after a 24-year stint on Palo Alto’s California Street – a tenure that ended shortly after learning that their lease renewal would include a significant bump in monthly rent. The used-bookstore duo discovered their new Los Altos home, formerly the site of flower shop Alabasta, after venturing to the downtown triangle to scout for potential store locations.

Overall, Nelson deemed the store’s first week in Los Altos fruitful, with plenty of curious customers coming by to check out some of the store’s 35,000 titles. Nelson added that her new merchant neighbors have rolled out the welcome mat as well. Among other things, Nature Gallery owner Carol Garsten, herself a Palo Alto transplant, welcomed the new store with a gift – geode bookends for some of the bookstore’s most prized collections.

“People have been very friendly, excited and warm to us,” said Nelson, a book enthusiast who one year ago purchased a stake in the store as it faced financial challenges.

Similar to their “all are welcome” approach in Palo Alto, Nelson and Burruss noted that they aim to turn their new retail home into “the place to be” downtown. The store is in the midst of planning several events – from poetry readings to local music performances and anything in between. Nelson and Burruss plan to keep the store open regularly until 10 p.m. in order to give downtown visitors a place to hang out.

“We just want to give people a place to go at night – a place to browse and pick up a book before going home or simply as a place to go at night in Los Altos,” said Nelson, who is soon rolling out a Know Knew Books e-newsletter to keep customers informed of new arrivals and upcoming store events.

For more information, visit knowknewbooks.com or facebook.com/knowknewbooks.

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